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Punjabi Parmesan: Despatches from a Europe in Crisis Pallavi Aiyar

Punjabi Parmesan: Despatches from a Europe in Crisis

Pallavi Aiyar

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In 2009, after several years in China, journalist Pallavi Aiyar moved toBrussels, the headquarters of the European Union, to discover a Europeplagued by a financial crisis, and unsure of its place in a world where newAsian challengers are eroding itsMoreIn 2009, after several years in China, journalist Pallavi Aiyar moved toBrussels, the headquarters of the European Union, to discover a Europeplagued by a financial crisis, and unsure of its place in a world where newAsian challengers are eroding its old and comfortable certainties. With alively mix of memoir, reportage and analysis, Aiyar takes the reader ona romp across the continent as she meets workaholic Indian diamondmerchants in Antwerp, upstart Chinese wine barons in Bordeaux, Sikhfarmhands in the Italian countryside, and Indian engineers runningoffshore energy turbines in Belgium.In the Europe of today everything is in flux, as she discovers throughconversations with Muslim immigrants struggling to define their identities,the austere bosses of Germany’s world-beating companies, and bewilderedEurocrats struggling to save the EU from splitting apart. Examining thediverse challenges the continent faces today—among them, bloatedwelfare states, the accommodation of Islam, the European ambitions ofIndian and Chinese entrepreneurs, and the fissures that threaten to breakup this union of diverse nations—Punjabi Parmesan takes a panoramiclook at Europe’s first-world crisis from a unique India–China perspective.